George Michael’s close friend Kirsty Young says he was ‘optimistic’ in last interview

1984: British singer songwriter George Michael, lead singer of the pop group Wham!, with the group's guitarist Andrew Ridgeley at the film premiere of the hit 'Dune'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

George Michael was feeling “optimistic” about life before his death, according to the woman who did his final interview.

The Wham! legend was filming a programme for Channel 4 in the UK when he died suddenly on Christmas Day 2016.

He finished compiling the documentary less than 36 hours before he died.

Desert Island Discs broadcaster Kirsty Young interviewed George for the documentary in what would turn out to be his last ever interview.

Speaking to the Mirror, she said: “He was optimistic and in the moment. He said to me that he felt the thing that he would do next would be his best thing ever.

“When I spoke to George, the future was in front of him.

“There was something on the horizon. He was talking about something new.

“George hinted about new projects, but refused to give details.”

In the voiceover for the programme he said he felt “picked on my god” during his life.

Freedom, directed by George and his friend David Austin, chronicled the making of the 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice and the subsequent legal battle with his record label.

In a harrowing twist, the story of his life, released posthumously late last year, is narrated by George himself.

He recalls the death of his first love, Brazilian Anselmo Feleppa, who died of an AIDS related illness in 1993.

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“It was the most frightening time of my life,” George says in the documentary.

“I was terrified of losing him. He was my saviour. Finding a companion at that time in my life changed me.”

He later says: “Then when my mum got cancer, I felt so bloody picked on by God.

“I took it very badly, very badly indeed. I’ve never felt that kind of depression.”

The pair met in a hotel lobby when they fell in love almost immediately.

British singer George Michael performs on stage during a charity gala for the benefit of Sidaction, at the Opera Garnier in Paris, on September 9, 2012. Sidaction is a charity event which aims to collect money for the struggle against AIDS virus. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

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The Mirror says of the programme: “George speaks very movingly about Anselmo being the first love of his life and how important he was in his life.

“It is very emotional and he clearly never forgot him and left a huge ­impression on George.”

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BERLIN, Germany: British pop star George Michael poses as he walks over the red carpet prior the screening of "George Michael - A Different Story" at the Berlin Film Festival 16 February 2005. The film, directed by Southan Morris and presented out of competition, is a documentary featuring the life, career and politics of the iconic pop star. AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL KAPPELER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)


The first trailer for the show, released last week, hears George describe how he was “terribly lonely” during the height of his stardom.

The film includes contributions from a long list of his friends and associates, including his neighbour Kate Moss.